New Metal Detector Selection Tips
There are a lot of different metal detectors on the market today; many of which are excellent machines. But, when you’re just getting started, how can you find the best metal detector for you? Here are 4 things you should do before buying your first metal detector so you can find the machine the will work for you.
Learn the Lingo
If you don’t know what they’re talking about, no one can help you find the best metal detector. Learn more about the words used in metal detecting and what they mean, then you’ll be able to understand what to look for in a machine. To get you started, here are a few common metal detecting terms and their meanings.
Discrimination – The machine’s ability to determine and report on the difference between one target and another.
Sensitivity – This term refers to the metal detector’s ability to find objects at a distance under gound. It’s generally a metal detecting control that can be raised or lowered as needed to prevent feedback from interference with ground minerals, power lines, etc.
Search Depth – The depth to which your metal detector is able to locate targets.
Ground Balance – A control that lets you bypass minerals that may interfere with your metal detector.
Consider Your Location
The type of targets commonly found in your area will help determine what the best metal detector is for you. Someone in Virginia might enjoy a relic hunting metal detector to find Civil War relics while those living in the Colorado mountains would benefit more from a gold prospecting metal detector.
Review the Basics
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Take some time to review our Getting Started articles and other types of beginner metal detecting information like this. Then, you’ll have a better understanding of the hobby, how it relates to you, and, as a result, which is the best metal detector to meet your needs.
Join a Metal Detecting Club
Joining a metal detecting club in your area can also help you the right machine. There are metal detectorists of all levels at these clubs and they’re always happy to help a newcomer out. They’ll share their thoughts about the best metal detectors for the area, give you their recommendations, and maybe even let you try a few out.
To help you learn more about finding the best metal detector please enjoy these related articles from our learning library:
How to Select a Metal Detector
Which Metal Detector is Best for You? – A guide to choosing the best metal detector
Digging Etiquette and the Best Tools for Target Retrieval